Agenda 2018-10-03T12:00:43+00:00



  • 08.45 Registration, Refreshments & Networking

  • 09.20 Introduction and Welcome from INTERACT and Forum Moderator

    Key objective: Form a 10 point “manifesto” to develop and elevate elite Emirati athletes to the top of their sport internationally. 
The forum will host debate and discussion around the strategy for high performance sport, investigating the current landscape, what needs to change and improve, with the end goal of producing a 10 point manifesto to get Emiratis to the top of their sport and winning medals on the international stage.

    Sally Corander, Managing Director, INTERACT
    Moderator: Robbie Greenfield, Sports Presenter, Arabian Radio Network

  • 09.30 Ice breaker: Quiz by Nielsen Sports

    Test your regional sport business knowledge during this quick five question quiz.

  • 09.35 Opening Government Presentation – Abu Dhabi Sports Council

    • How are Abu Dhabi Sports Council working with other government entities and federations alongside private partners to build a strong strategy for elite sport?
    • Are selected sports being prioritised over others to increase the chances of a medal winning Emirati athlete?
    • Are there enough facilities available for young athletes to train with the right support?
    • What new plans are in place for coming years?

    H.E. Aref Al Awani, Secretary General, Abu Dhabi Sports Council

  • 10.00 International Keynote

    Growing the Medal Count at Major Competitions: Developing Elite Sportsmen and Women

    Hear firsthand from John Brewer on how the UK sport model has been designed and implemented for high performance sport. From his experience, what have been the biggest challenges, the lessons learnt and the possible successes that could be replicated in the UAE?

    Prof. John Brewer, Pro Vice Chancellor – Global Engagement, St Mary’s University (London, UK)

    John’s former roles include Head of Human Performance at the English FA, Chair of the London Regional Sports Board, Government appointed Non-Executive Director of UK Anti-Doping, Non-Executive Director of British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), Chair of British Handball and Chair of British Ski and Snowboard.

  • 10.40 Speed Networking Session

    A quick fire speed networking session to ensure you meet as many people in the room as possible in 10 mins. Bring plenty of business cards!

  • 10.50 Refreshment Break and Networking

  • 11.30 Featured Presentation & Q&A

    Special Olympics Abu Dhabi: 
A First for the Middle East
    “Abu Dhabi Prepares”

    With the MENA Regional Games completed in March as the test event, we hear from the chief of the World Games organising committee ahead of the main event in March 2019 which will see over 7,000 athletes from 170 countries descend on Abu Dhabi.

    • Why are the Games are so important for the region? A look at the social and emotional impact
    • Challenges and successes faced by the local organizing committee from the recently completed regional games
    • Opportunities for collaboration in the build up to the 2019 Games
    • Which legacy plans are in place?

    Peter Wheeler, CEO, Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi

  • 12.00 Panel Debate

    School Sport, Coaching, Facilities and the Importance of Accessibility

    Starting young – Ensuring children get a good quality sport education, whilst also involving partnerships with clubs, tournaments and events and linking the recent ADEK Community Schools Programme.

    • Are there sufficient support systems and pathway programmes currently in place in Abu Dhabi? Are they accessible to all?
    • Girls and ladies sport – which developments and plans are in place to ensure the right environment is accessible for female athletes to advance?
    • Is there enough funding and sponsorship for young athletes – private and public?
    • Is there enough focus on community sport to drive interest and to identify talent?
    • Legacy programmes: What more can be done to build legacy after major international sporting events?

    Roquiya Cochran, CEO, Emirates Skating Club, and Manager, UAE Ice Sports Federation 
    Sven Rohte, Chief Commercial Officer, Daman
Zahra Lari, UAE National Figure Skater
    Amna Haddad, UAE Weightlifter, Mental Health Advocate, Writer, Speaker

  • 12.50 Roundtable Sessions: The Real Youth Insights

    Attendees will join one of the roundtables and each moderator will lead the discussion on their table.

    Young UAE talent – hear directly from young Emirati athletes who are involved in elite sports programmes in Abu Dhabi and striving for international success.

    Put your questions to the young athletes. Find out why they participate in sport, what their challenges are, if the right support network is in place for them, how technology has influenced them and what they would change for sport here in the region.

    Each roundtable will also host the following professionals along with attendees who join a table:

    • The Moderator
    • The Youth
    • The Coach
    • The Federation
    • The Sponsor

    Questions to the young athletes:

    • Did your school encourage sport?
    • How did you get involved in the sport?
    • Are your family and friends supportive?
    • Who is your biggest motivation/influencer?
    • In your opinion, what needs to change to encourage more kids to have the opportunity you did?

    Rising stars include:

    • Reema Al Heloo, – Golf
    • Ameera Mubarak – Figure Skating
    • Hamad Aadil Al Nuaimi – Rugby, Boxing & Jiu-Jitsu
    • Mohammed – Football
  • 13.30 Feedback Presentations from Moderators on Roundtables

  • 13.40 Surmise 10 Point Manifesto from the Day’s Discussions

  • 13.50 Lunch and Networking (Including Closing Remarks from Moderator)

  • 15.00 End of 2018 Forum

The next Sport Industry Forum Abu Dhabi will take place on
Tuesday 16 April 2019.

We hope you can join us!